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Internet Explorer stars in monster October Patch Tuesday

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Re: You should be COMPLAINING about Microsoft......@Ledswinger

Look, anyone who reads the comments here already knows about your rampant dislike for Microsoft.

How about trying to be objective instead of reactive? Microsofts "profits" and your comparison to Nokia don't have anything to do with this, your comments are part of your continued effort to push collectivism and you believe that any company that makes huge sums has to give it back to "the people".

Business doesn't work that way. If it does, it doesn't last for long.

All you ever do is criticize a company that is way beyond your control. I'm sure you have managed a company the size of Microsoft or you wouldn't be offering your suggestions. Oohhh... you haven't and you don't.

The flaws that are being fixed in IE are similar in every single browser out there because they use similar processes. Many have been coverered but new ones keep popping up. Microsoft keeps fixing them. They are doing that at a much faster rate than ever before. They are actually doing a pretty good job.

Why not say something positive for a change?

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Instead of COMPLAINING about Microsoft......

you ought to be commending them for actively trying to find bugs and squash them with frequent updates. They (MS) are doing a better job than they have in years, whether you want to admit it or not.

Honestly, the vast majority of PC users have not got a clue about ANY software let alone browsers, El Reg readers are far and away a tiny minority of computer users.

If you have an recent OS that autoupdates, it is going to be safer than sticking with one that does not. Same goes for the browser.

The browser wars were over while AOL was still disc bombing your mailbox. IE won, get over it.

I await your downvotes

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Commerce Secretary feeds digital catnip to NET NERDS

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Multi-Stakeholder model.....

Better yet, Lead, Follow or Get Out of My Way!

If the end game is to actually do something instead of talking about it endlessly then there must be someone or something that makes a DECISION. It seems that there are too many people who want to make suggestions that never go anywhere. Nobody wants to be the decision maker because that makes you a target for blame. Indecisiveness is a critical fault. At this juncture, there are way too many "Cooks in the Kitchen".

We have all seen how ineffective the UN is. Just wait......everything else is just lip service.

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Intel 'underestimates error bounds by 1.3 QUINTILLION'

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Re: Ulp! (In a way he's right)

22 divided by 7 is 3.142857.

Pi is 3.14159 for all practical purposes. Both numbers round to 3.142 or 3.143 when you consider what the significant digits become.

7 times 3.14159 equals 21.99114858

That's close enough for carpentry, masonry, sheet metal layout, horseshoes and hand grenades.

The error from using that useful fractional version of Pi would hardly be noticeable unless you were using a diameter of several miles.

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Prez Obama backs net neutrality – but can't do anything about it. Thanks, Obama

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"He's got a pen"...

and he doesn't know how to use it (for Net Neutrality) because the entire Democratic Party (frankly the Republican Party too) has been sucking at the teat of the Telco's for their entire existence. As the party goes so does the FCC. There may be independent ISP's (not enough) but the backbone fiber is owned in some way by a telco.

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Activist investors DESTROY COMPANIES. Don't get me started on share dealings...

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@Spartacus (No many times its NOT really their money!)

Far too often these activist investors (Leeches) screw the past and existing employees out of their meager health benefits and pensions while taking out "their" money.

That has got to stop! That money should NEVER be able to be "Borrowed" against or in other words, stolen.

Benefits should never be a part of any company valuation. should not be part of any taxation scheme. They should be held separate in perpetuity.

I say that you should be a voting member as a pensioner or employee. You made the company what it is and should have a say in it's future direction.

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Toys fly from prams as HP rivals stoke FUD fires on its split

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Typical HP Corporate Decisions

This is another blunder by Whitman. Trying to emulate Carly Fiorina is not wise at any rate even if it satisfies stockholders.

If there is nothing left of HP because of Whitmans cuts and splits, then the shareholders are SOL anyway.

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Oi, lobbyists. Cough up your details – EU's new first vice-president

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There's Googles problem.....

Google only spends 1.5 Million Euro on Lobbying while Siemens spends four times that amount.

Now THAT'S transparency!

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Hey, get the ZUCK up – let's unionize Facebook buses, cry Teamsters

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Re: what's it got to do with Facebook...(EXACTLY NOTHING!)

This is just typical of the blackmail that the Teamsters use against target companies.

It is the same BS that propagates from the "Un-democratic" party and it's minions. Oh woe is me, I need a raise, don't mention I've done nothing to deserve one except be too lazy to go to school and not have enough skills or education and have to take a low wage job. Next they'll get some shill from MSNBC to say Facebook is being "racist" or some other topical epithet.

The teamsters will only take your already limited money and give you crap in return. These days unions don't/can't provide much if any benefit unless the worker makes more than $25 / hour so the union can afford to provide significant representation.

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Apple, Google mobe encryption good news... for TERRORISTS – EU top cop

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What ordinary citizens need is.......

A legal system that allows average (non lawyer) citizens to challenge the law. Protections against the illegal search and seizure of property and persons, suppositition of innocence, right to know who is your accuser, right to ALL the evidence against you, oops, errm, uuuuh, hmmm.

Isn't that what we are ALREADY SUPPOSED to have?

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Something will happen in Google 'dominance' probe. Just don't ask me what - EU antitrust chief

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Nobody Escapes the Inquisition......of the EU

So Google does things so well that their market share grew to huge proportions and they became the market leader.

Thats' what Google are guilty of. Competing by doing a better job than the ineffectual alternate search vendors. How can you abuse that?

Anything else you say about them is whining and complaining for no reason except bitterness and jealousy.

Obviously the new "Competition" chief has an agenda. She wants to hamstring Google.

Maybe Google should just buy the entire EU and be done with it.

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OMG!! With nothing but MACHINE TOOLS, STEEL and PARTS you can make a GUN!!

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Moron moiety!

Take your slanted statistics elsewhere please. They mean NOTHING. There are roughly as many guns in this country as there are people. Divide any total gun related death statistic by 310 million and thats how statistically signifigany the numbers are. 0.000206 percent

61% of all US gun deaths are from SUICIDE! This is more an incrimination of the health system in the US than of gun ownership.

The VAST MAJORITY of the remainder of gun deaths are from criminals (who will always have guns) killing the unarmed.

Maybe your leftist anti ameriican media did not cover the recent murder and beheading of a co-worker by a radicalised islamic convert in Ohio. Alton Nolen was shot by the company ceo as he tried to attack another co-worker. That ceo had a concealed carry permit and had a legal handgun.

Now Alton Nolen is in jail, very much alive and awaiting trial.

Maybe that will give you the "general idea". Armed citizens prevent crime. Cops can't get there in time.

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SLOSH! Cops dethrone suspect - by tipping over portaloo with him inside

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Re: Why (Because you are Arnaut the ignorant)

Arnaut the Ignorant, For the last couple of hundred years something like 46 states here in the USA have had concealed carry of handguns and other weapons. It isn't "recent". My boss just got his permit the other day.

Funny thing about armed citizens, the criminals quickly go elsewhere looking for their easy pickings. There are few if any issues with gun permit holders, ONLY THOSE WHOSE GUNS ARE ILLEGAL (Criminals) are the issue.

The beheading of a coworker in Oklahoma by a recently fired domestic Islamic terrorist would have been far worse if not for the company CEO who had his concealed carry permit and shot and wounded the attacker before he could continue his rampage. That attacker is alive and awaiting trial.

The police are not in the business of overreacting, the NEWS MEDIA is!

Too many times, like in Ferguson Missouri the media rushes to judgement in an effort to get better ratings. 80% of the protesters YOU saw were bussed into town, not locals. Even worse, certain poloitical and media pundits even threw gasoline on the fire by making groundless acqusations before the courts could even judge the situation.

Michael Brown was shot by Officer David Wilson when Brown allegedly tried to grab Wilson's gun during a stop. Brown was photgraphed stealing from a convenience store and punching the manager the day before the shooting. Various pictures show him displaying gang signs. None of that made it to the Eurpopean news, only the preconcieved notion of "police brutality".

What makes you ignorant, is the reliance on obviously skewed, far left news outlets for any opinion you might have. Looks like too many of you can't form your own opinion from facts, you wait for the news and other people to do it for you.

Your comments are incindiary, you make an unfair and incorrect comparison and have no place in reality. STFU and stop spreading bullshit.

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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Re: Here we go again..

Embedded XP or CE is still going to come near you every time you use a point of sale system or ATM in the near future. It HAS been for almost 20 years.

Have fun waiting in the teller line.

Personally I'd rather have an embedded version of Win 10 or Win 10 RT running an ATM console any day. Win98 and XP had way more memory leakage than Win 7 or 8 have, and expect 10 will be better. I don't remember ever seeing an ATM down except for being out of cash or not having a phone connection.

The fact that MS are even trying to make a single OS do multiple types of equipment is commendable. There are lots of bits of Windows that don't have to be present to make the OS work so it can be smaller than the desktop version when applied to a phone or tablet.

Give some credit where it's due instead of spreading more FUD about Microsoft.

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SPECIAL iPHONE TROUSERS will ease Apple into the fashion world

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How about a side pocket?

If any jean designers bother to read El Reg forums, how about a pocket along the upper right or left side of the thigh? (I call prior art)

One that would not only hold the johnnie come lately iPhone 6 or 6+ but the far more common and durable Samsung Galaxy and Note products.

Oh, and that wimpy iPhone wouldn't be able to bend or feel undue pressure there and we'd be able to see a proper womans behind unmarred by a phone!

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Cable guy, Games of Thrones chap team up to make Reg 'best sci-fi film never made' reject

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Re: It's all good....(Funny you mention Sturgeon)

Theodore Sturgeon short stories and novellas were already soundly plagarized by comics, television and movies.

He had so many thought provoking story ideas. There was hardly any late 50's and 60's science fiction that did not draw something from his writings. Not to mention his Star Trek episodes

The wiki on him is extensive: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Sturgeon

Find the North Atlantic books and read them, you'll find much in common with so many plots by various producers.

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Want to see the back of fossil fuels? Calm down, hippies. CAPITALISM has an answer

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Oh stupid, silly Hydrogen people...

Gaseous fuels typically require expensive compression and liquifaction in order to make them transportable. Otherwise there would not be any room for passengers and cargo, only fuel.

Methane liquifies when cooled to - 260 F cold but acheivable. still expensive to acheive.

Hydrogen liquifies when cooled to - 452 F. There is no way to maintain that temperature economically, you will lose 1-2% per day by volume.

By the way, seperation, compression and liquifaction of EITHER of these gases cost a huge amount of energy. Way more energy than the production of gasoline or alcohol so there is no difference in carbon footprint. In fact those "clean" gases may have a larger imprint than traditional fuels.

Liquid Methane will have reasonable storage pressures (under 100 psi) while liquid hydrogen will be unusually high (could be as high as10,000 psi).

Do you think you can rely on such a system to be leak free? Not really!

Hydrogen is twice as small as helium. Helium is used to detect very small leaks. However Helium does not burn or explode like hydrogen. Did I mention Hydrogen embrittlement that causes ordinary metals to fail horribly?

Methane burns with a nice visible yellow flame while hydrogen burns with an invisible blue UV flame.

Combine invisible flames with very high pressure storage requirements, high leakage, hydrogen embrittlement and you have a rolling bomb that will have a FAR greater statistical chance of exploding. Not to mention the explosion when the tank is crushed during an accident.

This will make the Pinto explosions look like a Boy Scout fart and your monthly insurance costs as high as a car payment.

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George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests

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Celebrity "Private" Wedding

These days celebs consider themselves lucky when they don't have a virtual "airforce" of paparazzi helicopters flying overhead on their wedding day. (or any other day). "Privacy" is tough to come by.

In this day and age, buzzing drones with cameras aren't out of the question either. By control over the attendees phones and the attendees themselves, the couple removed the possibility of people leaking the location and the taking of unauthorized photos. They worked out a deal for American Vogue to take the photos in exchange for a charitable donation. The value of the donation would be diluted if the pictures were leaked.

The mere fact that their huge wedding went off as planned and with no leaks is actually impressive.

There are some governments that could learn from them.

The phones probably were setup so the cameras could not work and other features (gps) were likely disabled. If you ask me, thats a lot of forethought and use of technology.

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Shellshock: 'Larger scale attack' on its way, warn securo-bods

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The problem is...

when you have a "hole" in servers and routers and embedded systems, it's a lot more serious than a windows trojan.

Some of these systems run some pretty critical infrastructure that I won't advertise to the "Russian Business Network".

If I were in charge of that infrastructure, I would be running around disconnecting them from the outside world. Failing that, a hot glue gun should fill a lot of ethernet ports.

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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Re: Bring back radio (I agree wholeheartedly)

You folks in the UK got screwed. We still have full on FM Radio here in the states as they have not forced DAB down our throats. And for those who like it on the go where FM won't go, there is also Internet Radio and Satellite radio out there.

Have an UPVOTE on me Ecofeco for the only one mentioning radio. (the original "streaming")

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Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city

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Don't forget it's a carbonated fluid........

Beer contains dissolved CO2 gas. Those gas bubbles actually INCREASE the friction present in the piping. You effectively need a supercomputer to model the resultant "Two Phase Flow" of beer, soda etc. Regular sizing calculations do not work as expected as the viscosity and density will fluctuate with any change in flow rate, pressure or temperature. Even the variety of beer will change all the physical properties for flow calculations.

The correct velocity will be MUCH less than used with water, any elbows should be large sweep type or even custom bent and the piping should be all welded and highly polished 316 SST. Valves need to be crevice free and full port Ball type. Don't forget the pipe "cleanouts" so the beer stone can be removed.

I don't suggest centrifigal pumps, "peristaltic" pumps might be good or ejector style (air over hydraulic) as they are more gentle to the fluid.

Just ask yourself do you put your beer in a blender and what happens to it after you do it?

Otherwise there will be a lot of flat beer.

There are three things that give head in Belgium, only one of them includes beer taps.

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Comcast: Help, help, FCC. Netflix and pals are EXTORTIONISTS

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Comcraps and Crime Warmer should BOTH be broken up

This proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner is completely wrong and should be denied by the FCC. They should have to stay separate and be made to cover the same areas as each other. THEN you might get some competition between the two. Verizon Fios is not even a player rurally nor is AT&T.

Wireless "broadband" is even less than useless, it's practically non-existent.

This is an untenable state of affairs in this country.

Where is Google when you need them?

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Galaxy Note 4 latest: Samsung rushes iPhone 6 Plus rival to China as Apple flails in dark

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Decimal inches

Measurement is in the eye of the beholder. Metric is a conspiracy to make your beers and gallons of gas smaller, make Frenchmen think their dick is bigger that it really is and confuse Canadian drivers who think that 40 kph is the same a 40 mph.

There is nothing wrong with the use of decimal inches. YOU are a cowardly measurement NAZI (who can't spell surely)!

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Apple 'Genius': iPhone 6? We've had NO COMPLAINTS about our BENDY iThing

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Anyone with half a brain...

does both non-destructive and destructive testing on their products and components before they assemble them.

For a company (Apple) that make laptop frames from magnesium, it's difficult to understand why they chose aluminum for the iPhone.

No one has mentioned heat treating for the iPhone frames but improper heat treating (annealing) aluminum will change it's mechanical properties dramatically. Improper metallurgy is another potential issue, especially when sourced in China. In most cases, machining from billet aluminum leaves the product with brittleness not softness. Typically, heat treating makes an aluminum or non ferrous products more ductile. Then it should get re-hardened by soaking it in hot fluid. Sometimes you use age hardening but that takes time the manufacturer might not have had.

If this is the result of a manufacturing shortcut then I'll bet there will be hell to pay for it.

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FTC nails pin in Bitcoin mining rig maker Butterfly Labs

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Is it that difficult...

to buy the parts and build your own Bitcoining machines? Building a PC is tinkertoys these days.

All they are is a high spec PC that has massive multiple video cards.

http://www.maximumpc.com/bitcoin_mining_101

The high end ASUS or Gigabyte motherboards support at least three sometimes four 3 gigabyte video cards in crossfire or sli configuration. Add some liquid cooling, overclock it, etc

You can get the software free from SourceForge.

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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Re: I'm going to be downvoted but ...@Tromos

The use of the word pantaloons is practically medieval and well out of favor. Almost no one uses it in common language, idiotic grammatic pedants aside. Perhaps as another word to describe ladys "bloomers" but that's it. And that reference is even out of date. And 310 million people (at least) can't be considered wrong.

Language CHANGES as time proceeds. Words and sayings become antiquated and develop different meanings. This is the way things are.

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Apple is too shallow, must go deeper to beat TouchID fingerprint hack, say securo-bods

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Real Fingerprint/Vein reader link

Here is a company (Safran) that has done the right thing for finger print/vein scanning technology that actually works and is very difficult to spoof. The vein pattern also gives indication between living and dead fingers.

http://www.morpho.com/identification/acces-securise-biometrique/capteurs-d-empreintes-digitales-et-du-reseau-veineux/?lang=en

This link below shows a product that uses the whole hand or could use BOTH HANDS in succession.

http://www.morpho.com/identification/acces-securise-biometrique/fingerprint-sensors/morphotop-tm-639/?lang=en

Several of these products will detect the "fake Finger" or gummy bear style of spoof with the vein detection capability.

Apples currect fingerprint readerr tech cannot differentiate this.

HID also has a product that uses regular prints (no veins),RFID AND Keypad for 3 factor ID that is extremely hard to spoof.

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Biometric Companies charge a premium for that vein pattern/blood flow technology

Apple wants everything for next to nothing so they make even more money.

The biometric fingerprint and vein readers (that actually work) are too expensive to be in a phone.

Maybe in a few years but not likely.

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London slaps down Salesforce's bid to rename Heron Tower

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Re: The naming rights of an edifice.........

Do you work in that building? Do you OWN that building? I thought not.

As I said If the OWNER of the building wants to sell the naming rights to the building, that is HIS/HER right to do so, NOT the governments right.

It does not matter how much of the building they rent moron, if they can pay for it, they can have it IF the OWNER wants to SELL it. Salesforce has the right to buy anything they can pay for.

Stating a fact no matter how much you don't like it, does not mean it's wrong.

The government does not have the right to interfere with a private contract.

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Samsung abandons Chromebooks, laptops, PCs in Europe

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More than most of us need...

Everything that came after the Intel Core 2 Duo is almost overkill for the regular PC user for browsing the web and creating home documents and managing pictures.

The real reason why the PC business is very slow is: "If it's not broke, don't fix it"

Most people can live with something like a tablet so they don't need a PC even if it can do more than a tablet. Samsung is smart to recognize that and retreat from the PC business in specific areas.

However I built a new HTPC two months ago that should probably last me for the next ten years unless they come up with something new I can't live without. After all I'm "helping the economy" (or that's what I keep telling myself).

i7 4 Ghz 4 core, unlocked processor

Corsair 16 Gb Ram 2133

Samsung 256 Gb SSD

ASUS Z97I Plus ITX motherboard

ASUS R9 280 3 Gb Video Card

LG Blue Ray Burner

Corsair HX750 Power Supply

Corsair Obsidian 250DR Case

Win 7 Pro 64 Bit

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What the 4K: High-def DisplayPort vid meets reversible USB Type C

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Re: Good cables are better (For the NSA)

Maybe you didn't read about how Stuxnet got propogated through social engineering?

They just left some "infected" 16 Gb thumb drives laying in the parking lot, same thing could be done with ANY other technolgy, even cables or cameras or harddrives.

YOU will do the "physical access" connection part for the criminals or spys.

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Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights

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Zero Tolerance.....

is a lazy and stupid excuse used by uncaring morons who don't want to decide whether there is any real reason for concern or whether it's a total waste of time.

The man did nothing to cause them to throw him off besides write comments in a notebook.

There was no threatening behaviour at all. How then is he guilty of ANYTHING?

Terrorism IS made up for the most part. It's how the uneducated, ignorant mind reacts. That is what true terrorists want, an overreaction that makes life more difficult for the enemy without having to lift a finger. Zero tolerance plays right into that fallacy.

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Lumia rebrand begins: Nokia's new UK web home is Microsoft.com

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Only an IDIOT...

buys the company name and then doesn't use it for something.

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Does this float your boat? Dead Steve Jobs to hijack yachts from BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Already being done....does anyone ever check for prior art?

Maybe not specifically on a luxury yacht per se, but iPads and phones are already being used by several manufacturers for building automation control and I'm sure Crestron is already doing this for luxury recreational vehicles and homes.

There is little difference besides naming conventions between RV's and Yachts. The mechanical systems are the same.

Why are patent officers so lazy? Because they get paid on what they approve.

Time to change that!

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SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

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Re: Atlas is a brand, not a technology..

The Agena design was bought by Rocketdyne and is identical and uses LOX and Liquid Methane just like ULA wants to. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RS-18

The Atlas missile FAMILY is huge and there have been hundreds of flights since 1959. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SM-65_Atlas

The design precedes any Russian product used on Atlas regardless of fuel. Hypergolic fuel/oxidizer systems were designed to start multiple times reliably. Kerosene/Lox does not do that without complex igniters that are usually light once and ground based.

Other than injectors and fuel, Agena was almost the same design as the engine on the V2

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Re: Indeed, and it gets worse (not really)

The engines you are speaking of are hardly any different that the ones that were on the V2.

The "Atlas" platform has been lifting human cargo since the early days of the space race. Ever hear of Project Mercury? Circa 1959??

The ONLY reason why they bought engines from Russia instead of making their own was they were less expensive. There is nothing special about the design of an oxy/kerosene liquid fueled engine. It is the result of applied physics so the principle is actually commonplace.

The Russian engine is literally identical to the Agena engine made by Bell Aerospace in Western New York and used for years before the "beancounters" got involved.

I believe MOOG now owns the rights to that product and I'm quite sure they would be interested in making more.

The USA never dug a hole for themselves, they just outsourced production.

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Re: Scottish Politicians warn Telcos that Hefty Bills could lead to Nationalization of Telcos.

No, Mr. Zaccone; it seems reading comprehension is a lost art. Please re-read both my earlier posts. BT deserves much worse for all it's threats. The words "Could" and "Might" denote possibility, not probability.

BTW, For your edification, I'm a Damn Yankee albeit of Scots/German/Irish heritage. That makes me a Crochety Old Bastard, slighty greater than 50% of the way to being a Scotsman.

At my age, the only pissing contest I'm in is the one where you make it to the pisser in time.

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Re: Scottish Politicians warn Telcos that Hefty Bills could lead to Nationalization of Telcos.

Unfortunately I believe Grammatic Pedantry has little to no place in an internet forum Charlie. Perhaps in actual journalism but let us not accuse El Reg commentards of that activity.

The deepest roots of my family tree are from Scotland (1670's) when my Cameron ancestor came over as an indentured servant. I am for the "Yes" camp as I feel Scotland should be as independent as it's people and it's a long time coming.

When the telcos threaten to charge even more for the lousy service they provide (everywhere) because of the excuse of independence, then the threat of nationalization of their assets is what they should face, not unlike the fate the postal service is threatened with in Scotland. Same thing should apply to uncooperative anti-independence businesses elsewhere.

Then Scotland could LEASE the rights to use the existing lines to multiple companies and retain the infrastructure. This way they might establish minimum service requirements for the providers and grow the infrastructure to it's greatest extent.

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MIT boffins cry havoc and let slip the ROBOT CHEETAHS of Whoa

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Re: Cheetah my arse! That's a cyberdog if ever I saw one

It will never be submersible, the best rating it will get is IP65 or Nema 4, 4X.

Add taser elements to that bolo and it will likely take it down.

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Massachusetts shoots down car dealers' Tesla-busting sueball

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Re: Wake up America

These laws protect the territories of EXISTING DEALERSHIPS, NOT THE MANUFACTURERS; dealers who put the money in to locally build up the brand and pay for stock, facilities and employees whether that be Ford, GM, or Chrysler etc. It's expensive to do and deserves protection from the manufacturers interference.

Tesla is NEW, there is no built up brand or territory. Their entire buying concept is new, so they are trying to cut out the middlemen and sell direct without dealerships.

That may work with an expensive car like Tesla but it could not work with an inexpensive car. There are MANY local conventional car dealerships for even a single established manufacturer; perhaps 2 or 3 per county or more. Tesla will only have one for a whole region or even a whole state with this model.

That's like one dealership per COUNTRY for comparison sake.

Don't miss your next service appointment because it may be years before the Tesla dealer can schedule another.

It used to be that telecoms serviced the infrastructure they used, but they are selling it off in favor of the wireless business so they don't have to maintain it. They do not deserve any protection they were originally given. They should ALL be broken up again and all the pricing heavily regulated.

The FCC should be gutted and new people hired as they are riddled with ex employees of Bell, Verizon, AT&T etc and they can't make an unbiased decision to save their lives.

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Italy's High Court orders HP to refund punter for putting Windows on PC

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OEM Pricing?

I would assume that HP has to rebate the price that was charged to the user for Windows not what they actually paid.

Wouldn't that still leave a profit for them?

I can see this ruling resulting in users having to buy and install their own operating systems now.

Good luck with that.

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spɹɐʍʞɔɐB writing is spammers' new mail filter avoidance trick

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Spam Filters & Email programs are seriously lagging

It's about time that ANY email program became infinitely configurable with spam filters based on specific whole or partial words, ASCII characters, file extensions, domains, IP addresses and ranges, country codes, language, font, Tld, etc.

They should have the ability to see, read, display and filter the complete email message including raw headers.

Email programs should have all forms of encryption/decryption built in and not require browsers, addons or plugins.

HTML emails should be able to be scanned for booby trap code, script, cookies or links by the native email program not just the AV.

Text emails should have some better display and formatting options especially when converting from HTML emails.

When someone can come up with that kind of capability, the Internet will flock to their door.

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Uber alles-holes, claims lawsuit: Taxi biz sued by blind passengers

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Re: Islam and dogs

The very idea of what is Haraam (unclean) borders on the idea of "blue laws" (laws typically that have a religious basis) that are in many cases unconstitutional in the US.

"Keeping Kosher" has little practicality in a developed country either. Both practices are mostly related to survival without refrigeration and modern healthcare.

It is the 21st century people. This sort of stuff has no reason to be present any longer in a developed country. Keep your religious beliefs to yourself and don't force them on others.

If you were to try to ride in a taxi or other conveyance with a service dog of any kind and were refused, the driver has NO excuse, haraam, religious, Uber, Yellow/Black Taxi or not.

If you can't adapt to societal norms, then leave.

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Boffins: Behold the SILICON CHEAPNESS of our tiny, radio-signal-munching IoT sensor

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Re: How long until the lawsuits?

So that makes EOcean sensors that "harvest" RF signals for power illegal?

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City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub

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Re: Those that do not know History, are doomed to repeat it. (Quite true but....)

Lincoln also wanted to send all the slaves back to Africa after the Civil War according to his letters.

The problem with revisionist history in the US is more related to rampant politcal correctness these days.

God forbid you should espouse your actual beliefs or the truth, somebody's feelings might get hurt.

We are teaching the young that no matter what or how you do something "they are always a winner" when real life is much different and there are few if any real winners. Certain politicians are more concerned with how they are perceived by the public than how effective they are.

Giving a false sense of security is a greater harm than being truthful even if the truth hurts.

BTW If an American citizen joins forces with a group that promotes the killing of American citizens, he just gave up his citizenship and is "fair game".

Those Americans you see condemning Obama for the drone strike in Yemen are clear proof that too many here have been raised with more self esteem than common sense.

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James Bond's metal-toothed nemesis Richard Kiel dies at 74

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Downvotes on an Obituary?

Can anyone tell me why someone downvotes a commenter on an obituary article.

Seems alot like bad form to me. Any negative response on the use of puns should have been in reply rather than downvoting.

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Intellifridge terror: Internet of Stuff kit must fend off hackers of the FU-TURE-TURE-TURE

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Only a 10 Year lifespan? ( I agree with Mage)

Obviously these "wet behind the ears" engineers and designers don't understand that the lifespan of a fridge is 25 years and the more complex you make them, the less likely you are to attain that goal.

I distinctly remember as a child our fridge at home lasting even longer than that and the old one that used ammonia went in the basement for chilling beer for another ten years before the compressor died.

Given that the state of the entire internet is about to change, I can't see these twerps who design this overpriced crap even accommodating 5 years of security let alone how long people hold on to a fridge.

Who is to say there will even be WIFI in ten years?

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

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Re: Idiots (You are correct Kubla)

A BTU is a BTU and it takes the same number of kW to produce a BTU

Power is power only the time to boiling will change. It's called "Conservation of Energy" (physics, not political correctness gone mad)

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Re: Not sure (I know)

As I've said before, the only "savings" will come from the jobs lost by the meter readers.

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Death of a Salesman: Enough with the marketing already

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It takes an Old Sheepdog....

to train a young Sheepdog. Trouble is, there's no sheepdog school.

You can specify all the formal education that you want but nothing makes up for actual experience.

Sometimes you get exactly what you didn't pay for. The price of an object or service is not the only important thing to consider.

It is a well known trick of purchasing managers to give a new salesperson an absolutely impossible task, upon which the inexperienced young gung ho salesperson says "Sure, no problem". Anyone with a little salt would say "I'll have to get back to you on that".

It's not what you know, it's how you apply it that counts.

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